Kerala Farmers Get Modi Government’s Monsoon Boost; 34 Lakh Farmers in Kerala Receive ₹20,000 Crore in Aid

Nobody knows the amount of Rs 20000 crore given by Modi to major farmers, including the mainstream media.” 34 lakh farmers in Kerala are getting money from the Modi government in this rainy season. Remember, the media did not report the money received by 34 lakh farmers.

The central government has increased the support price for the farmers’ crops in the country. 14 types of crops including paddy were raised. Also, Rs 20,000 crore has been allocated as part of the 17th installment of Kisan Samman Nidhi, an income support scheme that provides up to Rs 6,000 per annum to farmers. It will soon reach the accounts of farmers in the country. The money will reach the accounts of 33 crore farmers. Regarding Kerala, the support price of rice has been raised. This was a long time demand of the farmers. It will be a relief for rice farmers in Kerala. Information and Broadcasting Minister Ashwini Vaishnav stated that the minimum support price of paddy has been increased by Rs 117.

The Union Cabinet approved 50% lower support prices for 14 crops ahead of the summer) sowing season. Minimum Support Price is guaranteed by Central Government. If the market price is lower than that, the central government will pay the farmers the shortfall in the minimum price in cash, a long-standing demand by farmers who have staged large-scale protests, including some earlier this year. The decision is a relief to the farmers ahead of the assembly elections in states like Haryana, Maharashtra and Jharkhand which are to be held later this year. The minister said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi always prioritizes the farmers. The first decision in the third term was for the farmers. In today’s cabinet meeting also a very important decision was taken for the welfare of farmers. Kharif season begins, Cabinet “Minimum support prices have been approved for 14 crops this season,” Minister Vaishnav said.

In the Union Budget 2018, the Government of India took a clear policy decision that the minimum price should be at least 1.5 times the cost of production. The minister said that the current new price determination is based on this principle. Farmers will get only Rs 2 lakh crore as support price and there will be an increase of Rs 35,000 crore compared to last season. The third Modi government is giving great importance to the welfare of farmers.

The minister said that the policy decision of requiring a support price of at least 1.5 times the cost of production has been followed in the increase. The Food Corporation of India currently has a stock of 53.4 million tonnes of rice. The current stock is four times the July 1 requirement. The Union Cabinet meeting approved the decision to increase the support price of agricultural commodities like maize, bajra, ragi, soyabean, groundnut and cotton apart from rice. The cost has been fixed scientifically based on the study conducted by the Commission for Agricultural Expenditure and Prices in various districts and tehsils across the country,” he added. 5.35% or Rs 117 to Rs 2,300 per quintal, compared to Rs 1,310 in 2013-14, the minister said.

The minimum support for cotton was increased to 7,121 for the common variety and 7,521 for another variety, which is Rs 510 higher than the previous MSP. Millets are prime minister Modi’s focus, among them jowar at Rs 3,371, ragi at Rs 4,290, bajra at Rs 2,625 and maize at Rs 2,225.

Among pulses, the MSP for moong has been fixed at Rs 8,682, tur at Rs 7,550 – up ₹ 550 from the previous estimate – and urad at Rs 7,400. The minister said that the MSP of oilseeds like sunflower and groundnut has also increased. In his first visit after being elected as MP from Varanasi for the third term, he had said, “Agriculture will play a big role in making India the third largest economy and we need to think globally and be a leader in exports. Langda mango from Varanasi, Radish from Jaunpur and Ladyfinger from Gazipur are now reaching the foreign market.